The Future of the Sportfish Restoration Fund

By Guest blogger, Patrick O’Rourke Few of us in the field of fisheries don’t owe some sort of debt to the Sportfish Restoration (SFR) Fund for where we are today.  Whether we grew interested in the field because of resources managed by SFR dollars, completed projects in school funded by SFR, or, like me, got…

Take a seat at the (policy) table

While there are many “ingredients” in the “sausage making” that we call policy making, science can play an important role in informing those processes…

Pet Fish or Alien Invader?

Although dogs and cats are the most recognizable pets in the United States, did you know, freshwater fishes are the most popular pets by number?

Gila Trout: A Native Trout Conservation Story

Plip. That’s the sound of a barbless beadhead nymph falling into a glassy glide of Mineral Creek, a headwater stream of the Gila River in southwest New Mexico.  There’s a short drift over a stony run, barely time to mend your line. Then follows that transmutation of fish flesh to your forearm—the taut tug of…

Stalking the Elusive Shoal Bass

Guest Author: Amy Cottrell Editor: Solomon David The sun began creeping up over the tree tops and casting morning shadows and specks of daylight on the water surface, slowly lighting up more and more of the heavily vegetated creek bank. We paddled the quiet corridor, antenna rotating side to side in front of me as…

A Conference Angle: From Socialization to Publication

Conference season is upon us, and the national meeting of the American Fisheries Society (AFS) is fast approaching! Here at The Fisheries Blog, we’ve shared posts on the value of professional conferences, as well as a student’s guide to networking at conferences (I recommend reading both prior to your next conference). I’d like to share…

Reauthorizing the Magnuson Stevens Act

In 1976, Congress passed the Magnuson-Stevens Act (Magnuson–Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act). The Act originally focused on zoning and controlling territorial waters, and establishing regional councils to manage fish stocks, among other things. The Act has been reauthorized a several times and has generally been viewed as a bipartisan success story. Many fish stocks have…

NOAA’s Status of Stocks

Last week NOAA Fisheries announced the status of the fish stocks in the US and reported the lowest ever number of stocks on the overfished list. The 2017 Report can be found here. Recalled that the overfished status refers to the biomass of the stock being too low, and the overfishing status refers to the…